“I nearly got [Bin Laden]. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.”—Former President Bill Clinton, as quoted in a never-before-released audio of remarks made on September 10, 2011.
Things have been crazy lately. The job’s been hectic. I’ve not been posting quite as much. But I still heart you guys.
Five and a half years of doing this day-in-day-out I think is finally starting to take its toll, and I want to be honest about that. I also feel like I’m in a spot where I can’t give SFB the full care it deserves at the moment, so I haven’t. Maybe that’s a sign that I’m getting old or something; I don’t know. But I think prior to the past month or so, I missed maybe a week or two of posting, total, over that whole time frame.
So let’s call it what it is. It’s a sabbatical. I’m not giving SFB up, I promise. I’ll be back soon, hopefully with mental juices refreshed. I may still post here and there—and throw snark every now and then. But I think that I just need some time off.
I miss you guys. I’ll be back soon. I promise. — Ernie @ SFB
Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires more people will see it and more support can be given. All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!
As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget). Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby. Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.
Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies. In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped. I am in awe of the teachers in this community. After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year. If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist. If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.
So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.
The press secretary for a pro-gun congressman from Pennsylvania was arrested Friday morning for allegedly having a gun while attempting to enter the nation’s oldest congressional office building. Oops.
Ryan Shucard, who is the media liaison for Rep. Tom Marino, was stopped after a routine search of his body and belongings on his way into the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. A 9mm Smith & Wesson was found in his possession, according to The Washington Post.
Here’s a quick summary of our four favorite ways for getting more followers on Instagram and Tumblr.
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But both are being true to their audiences and authentic in their brand voice.
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The most successful Instagram and Tumblr accounts post at least once a day, and typically not more than five times a day. If you’re looking for the best time to post to these platforms, post outside traditional US business hours.
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Try searching on a hashtag related to a topic you’re interested in, and follow people posting content you like. If fans are talking about your or your brand, give them a follow back and engage with them - they’ll appreciate it. Basically, if you follow new people, many of them will follow you back.
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“All of that, though, pales to the one-two punch of Islamophobia and xenophobia perpetrated by Breitbart News, which excitedly reported last week on the discovery of a “Muslim prayer rug found near the border in Arizona.” The “prayer rug” turned out to be an old Adidas soccer jersey, but the story nonetheless got a Drudge link and rattled around the conservative blogosphere as proof that dangerous Muslims were sneaking into America through Mexico.”—The conservative media is starting to go completely insane.
I’m too busy now on another story to get deep into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing some 300 passengers… but here are a few things to keep in mind as today’s news develops: